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Chicago Cop Charged With First-Degree Murder In 2014 Death Of 17 Year-Old African-American Male

Laquan McDonald Protest

A Chicago Police Officer has been charged with murder in the death of a 17 year old African-American male that, from the evidence that has been released, seems completely unjustifiable.

Former Benghazi Committee Staffer Sues Committee, And Rep. Trey Gowdy

Benghzi Probe Graphic

A former staffer for the House Select Committee investigation the attack in Benghazi is suing the Committee for improper employment practices, and Chairman Trey Gowdy for defamation.

Jonathan Pollard Released From Federal Prison After Thirty Years

Jonathan Pollard

After thirty years in Federal Prison, Jonathan Pollard is a free man. Make no mistake, though. Pollard is not, and never has been, a hero and he deserves to be remembered as nothing but the criminal that he is.

Chief Suspect In Paris Attacks Killed In Police Raid, French Authorities Report

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French officials have confirmed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the man believed to be the plotter of last Friday’s attacks in Paris, was killed in a police raid early Wednesday morning. This doesn’t mean authorities in France or elsewhere in Europe are any less concerned about future attacks, though.

On The Syrian Refugee Issue And The Internment Of Japanese-Americans During World War II

Japanese Interment Poster

Remarks by a Democratic politician in Virginia regarding the Administration’s Syrian refugee program have brought up disturbing reminders of a shameful time in American history.

Thanks To Pandering And Fearmongering, Syrian Refugees Are Now Pawns In American Politics

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

Syrian refugees have quickly become political footballs in the United States in the wake of the Paris attacks, and it’s become an exceedingly shameful display of pandering and fearmongering by a group of largely Republican politicians.

Pennsylvania Court Reinstates Jerry Sandusky’s State Pension

Sandusky in Shackles

This is likely to outrage a lot of people, but it may not be incorrect under the law.

SCOTUS Accepts Virginia Redistricting Case That Tests Use Of Race And Politics In Drawing Lines

Virginia Flag Map

The Supreme Court has accepted for appeal a Virginia case that deal with the issue of using race and politics as a basis for drawing district lines.

Foundation Seeks To Extend Copyright On Anne Frank’s Diary By Naming Her Father As Co-Author


The Foundation that holds the copyright on one of the most famous works about the Holocaust is seeking to extend their copyright in Europe by naming Otto Frank co-author of his daughter’s published diary.

Supreme Court Accepts Texas Abortion Law Case For Review


The Supreme Court has accepted a case involving a new Texas abortion law for review, the first abortion rights case it will hear in eight years.

You Can Forget About Obama’s Promise To Close The Guantanamo Bay Prison

Guantanamo Bay Camp Entrance

President Obama is set to sign a military spending bill that effectively guarantees that his 2008 campaign promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will go unfulfilled.

Supreme Court Considers Case Where Civil Asset Forfeiture And The Sixth Amendment Collide

Criminal Defense Attorney In Court

The Supreme Court is now considering a case that deals with the problem of overly broad civil asset forfeiture laws and a Defendant’s right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment.

Kentucky’s Governor-Elect Proposes Solution To The Kim Davis Problem

Kimberly Davis

Kentucky Governor-Elect is backing a change in state law that would eliminate the problems created when Kim David refused to issue marriage license to same-sex couples.

DraftKings and FanDuel Banned in New York


New York’s attorney general has ordered DraftKings and FanDuel to stop taking entries in his state, ruling that they constitute illegal gambling.

Mexico’s Supreme Court Opens The Door To Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana Plant

A decision from Mexico’s Supreme Court has opened the door to legalization of marijuana south of the border, but it’s likely to proceed much slower than in the United States or Canada.

University Of Virginia Fraternity Files Defamation Suit Against Rolling Stone Over Campus Rape Story

Rolling Stone Rape UVa Headline

Rolling Stone faces yet another legal headache over last year’s story about a campus rape that never took place.

Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Action Suffers Another Court Defeat


President Obama’s executive action on immigration suffered another setback in court late yesterday.

High School Sexting Scandals The New Normal


Nude photos of hundreds of students in one Colorado high school are being distributed.

Supreme Court To Hear Another Round Of ObamaCare Birth Control Mandate Cases


The Supreme Court is diving back into the debate over the PPACA’s birth control coverage mandate.

Louisiana Police Officers Charged With Murder In Death Of Six Year Old During Chase

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Thanks apparently in part to body camera footage, two police officers in Louisiana are facing murder charges in the shooting death of a child during a police chase.

Greg Hardy is a Bad Human Being and a Good Football Player


My favorite sports team employs a thug.

Bernie Sanders Wants To End The Federal Marijuana Ban, Conservatives Should Support Him


Senator Bernie Sanders wants to let states decide how to regulate marijuana, or to not regulate it at all if they choose. Intellectually honest conservatives should support his effort.

Houston Voters Reject Anti-Discrimination Ordinance


Houston voters rejected a broad anti-discrimination law largely due to a campaign that focused almost exclusively on concerns about transgender rights.

Marijuana Legalization Loses In Ohio, But The Battle For Legalization Continues Forward

Marijuana Plant

A controversial marijuana legalization initiative that even many pro-legalization advocates opposed, lost in Ohio last night. But the nationwide momentum in favor of legalization will likely not be abated.

Dennis Hastert’s Portrait Removed From House Of Representatives

GOP Convention 2012

Politico reports that one of the first notable impacts of Paul Ryan’s Speakership has been the removal of the portrait of Dennis Hastert from the group of portraits of former Speakers Of The House that are displayed in an area just off the House Floor. Hastert, you will recall, was indicted over the summer on Federal […]

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty On Federal Banking Law Charges

GOP Convention 2012

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has entered a guilty plea in the Federal banking fraud case that he was indicted on earlier this year: CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to trying to evade federal banking laws, telling a district judge here that he had known […]

Department Of Justice Finds No Basis For Criminal Charges In I.R.S. Scrutiny Of Tea Party Groups

IRS Building

The Department of Justice has informed Congress that its investigation has found no basis for criminal charges arising out of the targeting of conservative organizations by IRS officials evaluating applications for tax-exempt status.

Nurse Kaci Hickcox Sues Chris Christie For Civil Liberties Violations During Ebola Quarantine


The nurse who was detained by New Jersey officials in a quarantine despite not displaying any symptoms of Ebola is suing Chris Christie and others for civil liberties violations.

Ben Carson Wants To Turn The Department Of Education Into Thought Police

Presidential Hopefuls Address South Carolina Tea Party Convention

Instead of eliminating the Department of Education, Ben Carson wants to give it a new, bizarre, and dangerous mission.

New Poll Shows Support For Marijuana Legalization Continues To Rise


Public support for marijuana legalization continues to rise. As with the marriage equality movement, it’s obvious where this will end, The only question is how long it will take to get there.

New Canadian Government Likely To Legalize Marijuana

Marijuana March For Freedom Is Held on Parliament Hill

Canada’s Liberal Party ran on a platform that includes nationwide marijuana legalization. With the election won, it seems only a matter of time before Canadians will be able to light up legally.

Gun Control Advocates May Not Like Political Reality, But They Can’t Ignore It

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A new poll shows an up-tick in public support for some gun control measures, but gun control advocates can’t ignore the political reality that says those restrictions are unlikely to ever become law.

This is Why Civilianizing Military Justice Can Work

Last week, War on The Rocks published my essay with James Weirick entitled “SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY AND THE UNLAWFUL COMMAND INFLUENCE CATCH-22.” They followed it with a response by Charlie Dunlap, formerly the number two lawyer in the Air Force, titled “CIVILIANIZING MILITARY JUSTICE? SORRY, IT CAN’T — AND SHOULDN’T — WORK.” Yesterday […]

Google Books Wins Fair Use Exception


Google has won an important copyright challenge, Inside Higher Ed reports: Google’s practice of scanning copyrighted works to turn them into digital resources has once again been ruled a “transformative” example of fair use. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday released its opinion in Authors Guild v. Google, delivering […]

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Reaches Plea Deal In Banking Law/Sexual Misconduct Case


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted on charges that he structured withdrawals from his bank accounts to evade Federal reporting requirements, has apparently reached a plea deal with Federal prosecutors: CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, the small-town wrestling coach who rose to political power as the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House, intends […]

Taking Sexual Assault Prosecution Away From Military Commanders


In which I change my mind on an important topic.

The Supreme Court Begins A New Term With Several Politically Charged Cases

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The marriage equality issue is resolved, but that doesn’t mean the Supreme Court won’t have a lot of high profile cases on its docket over the next eight months.

Public Opinion About The Supreme Court Nears New Lows

Supreme Court Justices

Thanks mostly to Republicans unhappy with the Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, public disapproval of the Supreme Court is nearing a new high.

Ten Dead, Multiple People Injured, In Shooting On Oregon College Campus

Roseburg Oregon Shooting

Up to 13 people are dead and as many 20 injured after another mass shooting on a college campus.

Federal Judge Rules ‘Happy Birthday To You’ Copyright Invalid


A Federal Judge has ruled that the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ has been invalid for at least the past eighty years.

Donald Trump Tries To Bully Yet Another Critic


The Club For Growth has released two ads criticizing Donald Trump, so of course Trump is threatening to sue them.

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis May Be Interfering With Issuance Of Marriage Licenses Again

Kimberly Davis

A lawyer for one of the Deputy Clerks working for Kim Davis raises the concern that she is once again interfering with the issuance of marriage licenses in violation of a Federal Court Order.

Texas 9th Grader Arrested For Building A Clock

Ahmed Mohammed Clock

A Texas 9th Grader named Ahmed Mohammed was arrested because school officials and police refused to believe that the clock he built wasn’t a bomb.

Kim Davis Basically Surrenders In Same-Sex Marriage Fight

Kimberly Davis

Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis says she won’t interfere in the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Federal Judge Allows Part Of House Lawsuit Against Obama Administration To Proceed


A Federal Judge has ruled that part of a lawsuit filed by the House of Representatives can go forward, but the legal battle is far from over.

Defending of Crazy Talk


A controversial article arguing prominent war critics should be targeted as enemy combatants is worth discussing.

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Released From Jail, But She May Not Be Free For Long

Kimberly Davis

Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis is being released from jail, but it may end up being a very short reprieve.

North Carolina Teen Charged As A Sex Offender For Having Naked Pictures Of Himself


A teenager in North Carolina is facing serious criminal charges in another absurd overreaction to teenager “sexting.”

Oregon Judge Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies


A trial court Judge in Oregon is the latest public official to refuse to do his job.

Republican Candidates Rally Around Lawbreaker Kim Davis, Trample All Over The Rule Of Law

Kimberly Davis

Most of the Republican candidates for President would rather support a lawbreaker than the Rule of Law. The American people should judge them accordingly.

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